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Papessa con Acquasantiera 聖水フォントを持つ女教皇

Papessa con Acquasantiera - translated as The High Priestess with Holy Font...Representing Wisdom and Secret Knowledge of the material and spiritual world, purifying everything through water and in the act of good-saying...

A holy water font or stoup is a vessel containing holy water which is generally placed near the entrance of a church. It is often placed at the base of a crucifix or religious representation. It is used in the Catholic Church, Anglican Churches, and some Lutheran churches to make the sign of the cross using the holy water upon entrance of the church.Holy water is blessed by a priest or a deacon, and many Christians believe it to be a reminder of the baptismal promises.

The High Priestess (II) is the second Major Arcana card in cartomantic Tarot decks. It is based on the 2nd trump of Tarot card packs. In the first Tarot pack with inscriptions, the 18th-century woodcut Tarot de Marseilles, this figure is crowned with the Papal tiara and labelled La Papesse, the Popess, a possible reference to the legend of Pope Joan.

While the Magician guards our conscious mind and the physical world, but The High Priestess protects our subconscious mind and teaches us sacred knowledge and hidden mysteries. She can effortlessly travel between these realms and reminds us that there are profound influences at play beyond what we can see. The High Priestess offers us a deep, intuitive understanding of the Universe and its secrets, leading to spiritual enlightenment, inner illumination, divine knowledge, and wisdom.

This is another brilliant costume by my Italian friend Mary Cosmica.

Mary is no stranger at the Venice Carnevale. Her costumes are very different from others and I personally find them extremely beautiful.

I have known Mary for 4 years now. Till today, Mary speaks very little English and I speak very little Italian. But each Carnevale, we are always very happy to see each other, and our photos together come out nicely.

This is just another street portrait, done on the busy streets of Venice during Carnevale, and as usual, only natural lighting...

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